The AES Journal seeks original unpublished research papers and engineering reports of archive quality on subjects related to the audio domain. All submissions will go through a peer review process to check their suitability for JAES. Manuscripts should describe original work unpublished elsewhere and not being considered for publication elsewhere. The different types of possible submission are:
Letter to the Editor
Full details of these submission types are given on the AES Journal Manuscript Types page.
Technical articles should be informative and well organized. They should cite original work or review previous work, giving proper credit. Results of actual experiments or research should be included. The Journal cannot accept unsubstantiated or commercial statements. Authors should observe the general requirements for AES Publications, as agreed by the Publications Policy Committee, given at the end of this page.
The paper title should be short, accurate, and exciting. It should give an idea of the type of work. For example, the title of a research paper should highlight the main application or finding of the presented work. Similarly, a review article should have a broad and inclusive title. The paper title should include the essential keyword(s) to attract readers. The use of acronyms or uncommon words in the title is discouraged because they limit the number of potential readers. Words “new” and “novel” in the paper title are prohibited. Repeating a word in the title is not recommended.
Authors should submit a full-page double-spaced PDF including illustrations and a figure captions list for review to the online submission and peer-review system. After papers have been peer-reviewed and accepted for publication, authors should submit the final source files including manuscript as Word or LaTeX file, illustration files (as described below) and supplementary material such as author photographs and biographies. It is no longer necessary for authors to use the JAES MS Word or LaTeX template to prepare their final manuscripts. Templates are provided only to assist with the planning of final page layout and length.
Manuscripts are reviewed anonymously by members of the review board. After the reviewers’ analysis and recommendation to the editors, the author is advised of either acceptance or rejection. On the basis of the reviewers’ comments, the editor may request that the author make certain revisions which will allow the paper to be accepted for publication.
Once an article is accepted for publication, page charges will apply for printing as follows. No charge up to 8 pages; pp. 9-12, $50 per page; p. 13 and above, $100 per page.
The AES policy on Open Access and preprints is explained in detail on the Open Access web pages.
Figures may publish online in full color; however, they will be converted to grayscale for print. Please review the figures and associated captions and legends/keys to ensure that figures will be understandable after being converted to black and white. For a fee of $500 per article, authors can choose to include color graphics files in the printed version of the Journal.
Non-native English speakers and international authors who would like assistance with their writing before submission can use the English editing service of American Journal Experts at www.aje.com/c/AES1?. The link shown automatically provides the user with a 10% discount on the service.
Metric units according to the System of International Units (SI) should be used. For example, instead of 1 minute and 23 seconds, write 1 min and 23 s. Please use a space between the number and the unit, such as in 44.1 kHz (not: 44.1kHz). Units are not generally italicized. For more details see "Metric Review" (with updated references) by G. Franklin Montgomery and J. G. McKnight, "Quantities, Units, Letter Symbols, and Abbreviations." We have also compiled a list of frequently used SI units and their symbols.
An informative and self-contained abstract of 100 to 200 words must be provided. The abstract should mention the motivation, problem statement, approach, results, and implications of the work, usually with one or two sentences each. It is recommended that the abstract be written in a single paragraph without citing any references.
The manuscript should develop the main point, beginning with an introduction and ending with a conclusion. Illustrations must have informative captions and must be referred to in the text. Figures presenting data must have a label on both the horizontal and the vertical axis, and the numerical scales and units must be indicated. Footnotes should be avoided, when possible, by making parenthetical remarks in the text. Mathematical symbols, abbreviations, acronyms, etc., which may not be familiar to readers must be spelled out or defined the first time they are cited in the text. Subheads are appropriate and should be inserted where necessary. Paragraph division numbers should be of the form 0 (only for introduction), 1, 1.1, 1.1.1, 2, 2.1, 2.1.1, etc.
References should be cited numerically in brackets in order of appearance in the text. References should be listed at the end of the text in order of appearance. In the reference list, please insert “and” between the last and second-to-last author name. Use a comma before “and”, if there are more than two authors in the list. In publication titles, the first letters of the first word and the main words are capitalized in the paper title, but not prepositions and articles (see examples below).
References to periodicals (journals) should include the authors’ names, title of article, periodical title abbreviation, volume, issue number (optional), page numbers, year and month of publication, and the DOI link (if available). The following is an example of the expected format of a journal paper reference:
 Y. Li, J. Cai, Q. Dong, L. Wu, and Q. Chen, “Psychophysiological Responses of Young People to Soundscapes in Actual Rural and City Environments,” J. Audio Eng. Soc., vol. 68, no. 12, pp. 910–925 (2020 Dec.). https://doi.org/10.17743/jaes.2020.0060.
Authors are expected to include DOIs (digital object identifiers) for those references that have them, in the final version of their manuscripts, before a paper will be accepted for publication. Ideally, DOIs should be included for references when a paper is first submitted to us. The Journal is registered with CrossRef for the issuing of DOIs, and it is a condition of membership that we provide outbound linking of references in our papers. This enables readers to find the papers to which your references refer easily. We will also issue and register a DOI for your paper when it is published. Authors can look up individual DOIs using the free service provided by CrossRef here: http://www.crossref.org/guestquery/ or for multiple references in a list using the text query interface at http://www.crossref.org/SimpleTextQuery/ (you will have to validate your email address by setting up a free account).
Book references should contain the names of the authors, title of book, edition (if other than first), name and location of publisher, publication year, and page numbers:
 V. Pulkki and M. Karjalainen, Communication Acoustics: An Introduction to Speech, Audio and Psychoacoustics (Wiley, Chichester, UK, 2015).
For conference papers published in Proceedings, please include “in Proceedings of the” in front of the conference name and spell out the full conference name. The conference acronym may optionally be shown in parentheses. The page numbers (if available), conference address (city, county/state), and year and month of publishing should also be shown, like in this example:
 S. J. Schlecht and E. A. P. Habets, “Accurate Reverberation Time Control in Feedback Delay Networks,” in Proceedings of the International Conference on Digital Audio Effects (DAFx), pp. 337–344 (Edinburgh, UK) (2017 Sep.).
A slightly different format is used for AES convention papers and for abstract only presentations. After the paper title, insert “presented at the” before the number of the convention. The convention paper number can optionally be included, as in this example:
 M. Gospodarek, A. Genovese, D. Dembeck, C. Brenner, A. Roginska, and K. Perlin, “Sound Design and Reproduction Techniques for Co-Located Narrative VR Experiences,” presented at the 147th Convention of the Audio Engineering Society (2019 Oct.), paper 10287.
References to AES convention papers should be replaced with Journal publication citations if appropriately related Journal papers have been published.
For a thesis reference, please include the author name, thesis title, type of thesis (Ph.D. thesis or M.Sc. thesis), the name and address (city, country/state) of the university, year and, optionally, the month of publication. For example, this is a complete reference to a doctoral thesis:
 P. D. L. G. Pestana, Automatic Mixing Systems Using Adaptive Digital Audio Effects, Ph.D. thesis, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Porto, Portugal (2013 Feb.).
References to a patent should include the inventors’ names, patent title, specification of the patent (e.g. U.S. or European patent) together with the patent number, and year and month of publication. The following is an example of the expected format of a patent reference in JAES:
 P. G. Craven and M. A. Gerzon, “Coincident Microphone Simulation Covering Three Dimensional Space and Yielding Various Directional Outputs,” U.S. Patent 4042779 (1977 Aug.)
More examples of our current reference style may be viewed in recent issues of JAES.
For the initial submission, illustrations should be incorporated in the same PDF as the manuscript, along with their captions, at a sufficiently high resolution for review purposes.
For the final submission photographic and bitmapped images should be submitted as separate JPEG or compressed TIFF files with a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Line drawings can be submitted either in bitmapped form as >=300 dpi compressed TIFF files or as vector artwork in EPS files. The figure number should be clearly indicated in the file name. The size of illustrations when printed in the Journal is usually 82 mm (3.25 inches) wide, although 170 mm (6.75 inches) wide can be used if required. Text labels on illustrations must be large enough so that the smallest letters are at least 1.5 mm (1/16 inch) high when the image is reduced to one of the above widths. If possible, text labels on all original illustrations should be scaled so that they will be the same size when reduced for reproduction in the Journal. Figure captions should either be inserted on a separate page of the main manuscript, following the references, or uploaded as a separate file. Captions should be concise.
Authors of a paper accepted for publication in JAES are strongly encouraged to prepare a graphical abstract (GA) of the work performed. A graphical abstract (GA) is an image that summarises the work in an eye-catching way, ideally summarising the ideas of the paper. It appears alongside the text abstract in the online Journal and AES E-Library. The GA may be a figure from the article or preferably one specially prepared for the purpose, such as this example. A useful guide to preparing a graphical abstract can be found at www.annaclemens.com/blog/make-graphical-abstract-paper. Any text in the image should be clear and readable, in a sans serif font such as Helvetica or Arial. No caption or additional descriptive text is expected. The image file for the GA should be uploaded with the final version of your manuscript. It should be in portrait format, US Letter or A4 aspect ratio, with a minimum resolution of 600 pixels wide, and preferably in color.
If you are going to submit a paper for presentation at a convention or conference then you should read these guidelines.
AES convention or conference papers or any other conference publications will not normally be considered for Journal publication in unmodified form. It is the Editor’s current policy that such manuscripts should be updated and/or extended to include a full review of existing work with complete references, including one to the original event’s paper, as well as sufficient additional detail and argumentation to make the work suitable for peer-reviewed journal publication. The title of the journal manuscript must be different from that of the convention/conference paper. Authors wishing such manuscripts to be considered for Journal review should submit them in the aforementioned revised form via the online submission system.
All material published by the AES, regardless of the type, shall conform to the following requirements unless specifically exempted by Publications Policy or by the Editor.
• Style: The technical content should be accurate; the writing should use good grammar and be easy to understand by those versed in the art. Abbreviations, units, and definitions of quantities should conform to the AES editorial style.
• Good Taste: Good taste is a necessity. No derogatory mention of other engineering work, engineers, or organizations shall be made. (Constructive technical criticism, which makes a suggestion(s) for improvement(s) that would remove the objection, is not derogatory if the technical basis is well developed and accurate.) The Editorial Office should ask reviewers to judge carefully the substance of such criticism. Specifically, the initiation of controversy should be minimized by a careful checking of the critical judgments. Controversy for its own sake should be discouraged.
• Commercialism: A manuscript which is based on a commercial product should be reviewed extremely carefully to determine the real scientific content. If a manuscript has no other merit than as a description of the product, it is not acceptable. This requirement is especially important in articles that provide technical results without an adequate description of a device’s operation.
• Original unpublished work: Manuscripts should describe original work unpublished elsewhere and not being considered for publication elsewhere. The Editor may also reject manuscripts that are original, but too similar to other published work. Publications of AES meetings, or of other meetings at the discretion of the Editor, may be further reviewed and republished in the Journal of the AES (but see note above regarding convention and conference papers).
• Trademarks: Trademarks are generally inappropriate because they serve a commercial purpose, not an engineering purpose.
a) Trademark symbols are not permitted. b) Trademark names in titles and abstracts should be replaced by generic descriptions where possible. If trademarked names are retained in titles and abstracts, they will not be acknowledged as such. c) The first time a trademarked name appears in the body text, it may be footnoted. The footnote will state that it is registered and the name of the owner
(Updated 23 January 2021)